Invisible Illness
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Why Social Rejection and Loss Cause Pain

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Have you ever said that someone “broke your heart” or “hurt your feelings?”

These metaphors are closer to the truth than you might realize. It turns out that our brains react the same way to social pain as physical pain. The very same neuro-circuitry is used to process social rejection and loss.

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